When hard disk drives became standard in most PCs in the later 1980s, since the first two letters were already commonly used for these floppy drives, they logically labeled the third storage device “C”, even though it now tended to be the main storage medium for the computer, including usually containing the operating system.
Thirty years ago, a pop culture phenomenon that defined a decade was born.
On Thursday, April 4th, 1985, a blast of dystopian satire hit the UK airwaves. Max Headroom: 20 Minutes into the Future was a snarky take on media and corporate greed, told through the eyes of investigative journalist Edison Carter (Matt Frewer) and his computer-generated alter-ego: an artificial intelligence named Max Headroom.
Nathan Birch at Uproxx celebrates one of the greatest characters in professional wrestling (and 1980s-90s popular culture in general) who tragically passed three years ago today. So snap into a Slim Jim and enjoy!
While the spotlight never shone quite as brightly on Savage as it did on his friend and great rival, Hulk Hogan, it’s hard to think of another man who personified pro wrestling (specifically 80s pro wrestling) so completely. Ask the average person to imagine a pro wrestler and a good portion of them will immediately summon up memories of fringed jackets, kaleidoscope cowboy hats and promos cut by a man who sounds like he’s halfway through passing a kidney stone. Randy Savage was wrestling, and his life was as improbable, conflicted and frequently amazing as the sport itself.
I remember seeing news coverage of this as a kid, and the image of that face was forever burned into my nightmares. Made me ever more interested in how radio works.
Hacking into the Home Depot credit card system, the financial records at JP Morgan Chase? Child’s play! Try hacking into the feed of a local Chicago television station and replacing the sport anchor with a really creepy incarnation of Max Headroom.